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The Silent Killer – Detecting & Preventing Hidden Mold in Your Home

May 2, 2016 2:06 pm

Hidden mold in your home can have many serious side effects on the health of you and your family. Mold is sometimes referred to as “the silent killer” because it can make people sick without them knowing that it’s the cause. Just because you don’t see or smell mold in your home, that doesn’t mean it isn’t affecting you. Mold can have very damaging effects on your health and quality of life. Being educated about the signs of mold and mold sickness can help you treat the problem before it makes you sick.

Where to Look for Mold in your Home

Warm rooms that are closed off and not used frequently are common ground for mold growth. Homeowners will seal off all airflow from a room that isn’t used frequently in order to save on energy costs. A study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory proved that closing registers in unused rooms actually increased energy usage throughout the home. Your attic is a room in your home that often doesn’t get used, and has minimal air flow. If your roof or gutters are damaged then water is likely to leak into your attic, causing the wood to rot and grow mold. Routinely check your roof for any damages and get them fixed as quickly as possible.

Your deck is also susceptible to mold damage because of the dirt, debris, and water collecting on the surface. Cleaning your deck can help to prevent mold spores from growing. Remember to also keep your appliances clean. Because they come into contact with food, they can grow mold spores very quickly.

Signs of Mold Sickness

The most common signs of mold sickness are respiratory problems including asthma, wheezing, and shortness of breath. Headaches, migraines, and spotty vision are very common occurrences. Less common symptoms of very severe toxic mold include chronic fatigue, fever, rashes, lung disease, and even cancers.

If you are experiencing several of these symptoms for extended amounts of time without relief, then mold might be the issue. You should hire someone to conduct mold testing to see if hidden mold in your home is the cause of your sickness. Mold remediation in your home should be performed immediately before it spreads to more areas in your home.

How Does Mold Get Into your House

Mold is everywhere. When mold generates spores, they can become airborne and sneak into your home. Mold becomes active when it comes into contact with moisture or food. When stagnant water is around, mold typically isn’t too far away. The key to preventing mold growth is to control the moisture and water build up in your home. Always keep a close watch for water in your garage, basement, attic, and bathrooms. Be aware of any plumbing issues or any water that might be pooling at the base of your home. Being fully aware of your home’s overall condition can help you prevent mold growth and maintain a safe and clean home for you and your family.

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